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    My go to is a 100w semi flex which is flat and weighs 2kg's. I can fit it in my car across the drawer system or in a cargo net fitted across the door grabs. I can also put it in the Bundutop.

    Lots of choice here

    https://www.4x4direct.co.za/flexible...l-20-volt.html

    https://www.4x4direct.co.za/flexible...lar-panel.html

    https://www.4x4direct.co.za/flexible...lar-panel.html
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    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    I tried the roll up a few times. My biggest problem was finding space to put them in the sun in well shaded campsites - effectively. Their surface area was huge and they were unwieldy to get a decent charge out of. Just check the surface area of fold ups before committing yourself.

    I just tie down 2 x 80W solids on my roof rack. They're incredibly tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lirritma View Post
    Can you share few photos please?
    Photos as promised.

    The sliders are long enough to allow the whole panel sunlight when pulled to the max and also provides a little roof in the back when accessing the fridge or the other drawers.

    When I need to deploy the 2nd panel, I merely unclasp it, and position it with a telescopic pole which resides in my awing bag and serves a dual purpose and naturally the roof just double in size.

    Note the little leaver on the sliders. When you pull it, the sliders split and both panels are released to be removed and positioned where I want them. Once again the telescopic pole is used for this.

    Out of the way in terms of packing space and prying eyes as it usually gets mistaken for a camping table.
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    That really is a cool solution. I could see that working on roof racks and trailers. Really good.
    Lusted for a Landy but the Pajero was sexier and bigger in the right departments, just like my Missus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Die SwartKat View Post
    Photos as promised.

    The sliders are long enough to allow the whole panel sunlight when pulled to the max and also provides a little roof in the back when accessing the fridge or the other drawers.

    When I need to deploy the 2nd panel, I merely unclasp it, and position it with a telescopic pole which resides in my awing bag and serves a dual purpose and naturally the roof just double in size.

    Note the little leaver on the sliders. When you pull it, the sliders split and both panels are released to be removed and positioned where I want them. Once again the telescopic pole is used for this.

    Out of the way in terms of packing space and prying eyes as it usually gets mistaken for a camping table.

    Thanks for sharing Nico. Great design.
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    very nice design as G said. I need to re-look at mine again
    Fiddler

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    Thanks guys.

    Oh and they are permanently wired to the Ctek via BH plug.

    So the moment I pull them out, charging starts.

    Nothing else necessary unless I want remove them to a sun spot and then a 15m extension cable is used.
    Nico Swart

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    Take a look at this... 120W monocrystalline kit... ZAR2461 on today's exchange rate... less than half price compared to the cheapest local option. Comes in a small bag that looks like carry-on luggage. Now you just need a mate in Oz who's coming to visit.

    https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/pro...nket-120w.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by !Xoo View Post
    Take a look at this... 120W monocrystalline kit... ZAR2461 on today's exchange rate... less than half price compared to the cheapest local option. Comes in a small bag that looks like carry-on luggage. Now you just need a mate in Oz who's coming to visit.

    https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/pro...nket-120w.html

    Now that is lateral thinking. Cheap rigid panels packed with the advantages of a flexible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by !Xoo View Post
    Take a look at this... 120W monocrystalline kit... ZAR2461 on today's exchange rate... less than half price compared to the cheapest local option. Comes in a small bag that looks like carry-on luggage. Now you just need a mate in Oz who's coming to visit.

    https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/pro...nket-120w.html
    Have you found a mate yet?
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    I gave up with the flexible panel, and went with a foldable rigid (2x80w) 160W from BushPower. It is bulky and heavy, but in terms of ease of use etc much better. Vehicle is always in the shade (when available) and panels placed in the sun. Generally only placed once and got sufficient power to not have to worry too much about moving them in relation to the sun. Ran for 4 days in the Cederberg this weekend, running 60l Twin NL + lights etc on a cheap 105ah Sabat DC. Battery was back at full capacity within 2-3 hours each day. Roughly mid to high 20's degrees, with one day at 30+. I did start with a fully charged battery.

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    Spot on Fluffy. The "weekend" market is growing rapidly, judging by the amount of compact SUV and Crossover vehicles on the road nowadays. Price, space and weight being the deciding factors, one wonders when local manufacturers are going to pick up on this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Now that is lateral thinking. Cheap rigid panels packed with the advantages of a flexible.

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    Yep, luckily I do have a mate Would have preferred supporting local business though.

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    Have you found a mate yet?

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